Social inequality rates as a defining theme of the current era, what many have deemed a “New Gilded Age,” in the United States. Debates about the nature, origins, and consequences of inequality in the U.S. are commonplace. Often missing, however, is a consideration of the nature of inequality in other places in the world. Starting from a basic assumption that we can learn a good deal about society and economic institutions through comparison, the Institute for European Studies presents the inaugural installment of "Reversing Social Inequality: Lessons from Europe," a series of discussions on inequality in Europe, the United States, and beyond. Future fora will debate connections between labor markets, technology, and work practices; the nature of capitalism and its effects on inequality, and the representations of “inequality” in European popular discourse, both with respect to current times and in different historical periods.
- Politics, Policy, and Inequality
February 4, 2015
The focus of the spring 2015 event was "Politics, Policy, and Inequality." Speakers addressed a range of pertinent topics to European and North American societies in the wake of the Great Recession, including: Is the distribution of wealth and opportunity shaped by national political systems? Do certain policies—enacted for reasons of political expediency or economic necessity—widen the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots”? More broadly, are certain types of democracies better placed—by virtue of their cultures, institutions, or histories—to combat inequality than others? And to what extent do political leaders highlight or diffuse notions of inequality in popular discourse for political gain?
- Rebecca Spang, IU Institute for European Studies
- Ian Anson, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
- Laura Bucci, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
- Rashid Marcano-Rivera, Department of Political Science, Indiana University
- Lynn Duggan, Department of Labor Studies, Indiana University (discussant)
- Pablo Beramendi, Department of Political Science, Duke University
- Leslie McCall, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
- Alex Lichtenstein, Department of History, Indiana University (discussant)
- Europe's Refugee Crisis: Roundtable Discussion
The Roundtable Discussion was held on October 1, 2015, in the Global and International Studies Auditorium.Watch the 57 minute panel
- Related Content
Readings for January 14 EURO brownbag:
- Leslie McCall, “The Political Meanings of Social Class Inequality,” Social Currents (2014, vol 1, no. 1). View here.
- Pablo Beramendi, "Constrained Partisanship and Economic Outcomes." View here.
Further suggested readings:
- Leslie McCall & Lane Kenworthy, “Americans’ Social Policy Preferences in the Era of Rising Inequality,” Perspectives on Politics (2009, vol . 7, no. 3). View here.
- Pablo Beramendi, “The Political Geography of the Euro Crisis" (2014). View here.
- Pablo Beramendi, Silja Hausermann, Herbert Kitschelt, Hanspeter Kriesi, "Introduction: The Politics of Advanced Capitalism." View here.
- The International Labor Organization's 2014 Global Wage Report. View here.